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Christopher Arbuthnott



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Partner Dani Molloy
Athlete, Waitperson

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively at age 12, having developed his skills at primary school swimming lessons. He initially took part in local tournaments and was then spotted by a talent scout from the Paralympics New Zealand swimming squad.
Why this sport?
His family encouraged him to give the sport a try. He spent much of his childhood swimming and playing at the Lido Aquatic Centre in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Club / Team
Ice Breaker Aquatics: Palmerston North, NZL

General interest

Road trips, history, water skiing. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand Para swimmer Sophie Pascoe. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You should never underestimate the power of the mind. If you have positive thoughts, they come back to you." (, 13 May 2014)
Awards and honours
He was presented with the Disabled Sportsman of the Year - Physical Disability award at the 2020 Manawatu Sports Awards. (, 04 Dec 2020)

In 2018 he was named Junior Sportsman of the Year at the Tararua District Council Sport Awards in New Zealand. (, 24 Apr 2018)

In 2015 he received the Junior Male Merit Award at the Tararua District Council Sport Awards in New Zealand. (Chris Arbuthnott Supporters Facebook page, 05 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in Para taekwondo at international level. (Paralympics New Zealand Facebook page, 04 Mar 2020)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 13 Aug 2018)
His right arm was not formed below the elbow when he was born. (PNBHS YouTube channel, 06 Sep 2015; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Other information
As a boy he learned to play the guitar and the piano, and also played rugby as a winger. "I would often get confused looks when I caught the ball like everybody else. I was raised to know that I could do what the other kids do, I have never been treated differently. If I come up against an obstacle that I can't get past in the usual way I try a different way. My mind has been trained to adapt to things." (, 13 Mar 2015;, 13 May 2014)